October 04, 2007

Funky And Friends...


I can't let the day go by without a tip o' the hat to the Funky Winkerbean comic strip. If you follow this art form at all, you know that Lisa died of cancer today. It was handled beautifully and has drawn a small tear from me each morning for several weeks. We all know someone with cancer... or we did... or we will. Too much of that particular curse going around. Tom Batiuk (like attic with a b,) the artist, is top notch, turning a depressing weight into a love story.

I followed this strip when the main characters were in high school... then he jumped ahead to when they were adults. Now I understand the strip will jump ahead again and put their kids in high school... time does pass and I like it when my comics move along with it. I look forward to the new adventures.

More than you probably want to know about the strip can be read here.

4 comments:

Daphne said...

I haven't heard of this comic strip before.

But it's true for me, that there has been an almost epidemic amount of cancer around here lately...

Walker said...

I've been following this too...
R

Steven LaRose said...

Batiuk sounded so sincere and sweet on NPR yesterday. My seven year old is now diving into the comics page of the paper. I wish Funky Winkerbean made it in our local. Instead we have a dozen Gary Larson wantabes and the rest are Garfield lite.

KJ said...

Thanks for the NPR alert, will try to find it. With the strip returning to emphasis on the younger generation, I think it will have more appeal. I wonder if the long, drawn out story lines are very satisfying to the 'instant gratification' types. Send the daily strips to her via email and see if she gets hooked.